Efforts to decriminalize marijuana possession will be on ballots this November in eastern Ohio. The Green Party supports and endorses those efforts which would decriminalize the possession of 200-grams or less of marijuana.
Medical marijuana was legalized in Ohio on September 8, 2016, and the state has one year to get the program up and running, according to NBC News 5. The decision on legalizing medical marijuana came after a failed vote in 2015. Some say the failure was because both medical and recreational marijuana were trying to gain approval at the same time, while others say that the initiative would have created a marijuana industry monopoly in Ohio.
Local decriminalization efforts supported by Ohio’s Green Party include:
- Bellaire – Belmont County
- Byesville – Guernsey County
- Logan – Hocking County
- Newark – Licking County
- Roseville – borders Perry and Muskingum Counties
If these decriminalization efforts do pass, The Green Party calls it “a good first step” to perpetual legalization.